My daughter recently turned 16 and was faced with the reality of “cash crunch” at the gas pump. She ranted last weekend about the unfairness of it all. As if the price of gas was a conspiracy to limit her ability to exercise her new found freedom. “Why haven’t they created better cars, that plug-in? Cars that don’t use gas? Cars that use better technology? That get 100 miles a gallon?” To which I answered in a typical Mom way…”because they didn’t have to.” Then I had an actual conversation with her about how the hideous gas prices and the resulting angst and downright vocal anger of millions of people is probably the only way real change will occur.
Maybe, just maybe, some good will come out of $4+ per gallon and real change will occur. The signs are starting to point that way. It made big news earlier this month when the Federal Highway Administration released their March, 2008 numbers, which showed that some 11 billion fewer miles were driven this March vs March 2007.
And tonight, I read with interest that none other than former Intel Chairman, Andy Grove, a man who “has a knack for sensing when circumstances should force changes at a company or an industry” is pushing hard for rapid development of electrical transportation.
As someone who is actively car shopping to replace my gas guzzling SUV with a much more efficient vehicle and disappointed with my options…I say GO ANDY! More power to you.